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Important Update for Foreign Trained Physiotherapists who want to work in South Africa

1. All foreign qualified Physiotherapists are required to sit for an examination conducted by the Board, twice per year.

2. You should also submit the following to the HPCSA (Health Professionals Council of South Africa):

Form 49 PTForm 176 DOHCertificate of Status, issued by foreign registration authorityOriginal certificate of Qualifications or certified copies by Notary PublicCertified copy of ID document or passport with a clear photograph

Initial Letter of Endorsement

The first step to getting licensed to work as a physiotherapist in South Africa is to get an initial letter of endorsement from the FWMP(Foreign Workforce Management Programme). So you can download the form 176 DOH here

Please ensure you read the Foreign recruitment policy carefully, here are a few clauses to note in the form 176 DOH:

"Application to the FWMP is a mere presentation of your candidature for National consideration to endorse towards further processes.
The Department of Health is finalizing the restr…

Exercises After having Hip replacement Surgery

Working as a Physiotherapist in New Zealand

If you are an overseas trained physiotherapist seeking to work in New Zealand, you need to be licensed by the physiotherapy board of New Zealand. This is quite a lengthy process so you need to be prepared for the long haul. The board expects you meet the requirements in 3 major areas:

1. Your qualification and physiotherapy practice experience should meet current Board criteria:

Your school's curriculum by which you obtained your physiotherapy degree should be a minimum of 4years and be sufficiently similar in theory and practice to the physiotherapy curricula undertaken by undergraduates in New Zealand.

The criteria are shown in this table below:

If your undergraduate physiotherapy curriculum is not sufficiently similar to the New Zealand (NZ) physiotherapy curricula, the chances of becoming
registered in NZ are unlikely unless: 
A. Your work history includes being registered and working in a country that does have a sufficiently similar physiotherapy programme and has a similar h…

7 Myths About Physical Therapy

As a physical therapist, you are daily faced with numerous patients with different mindsets. Some have heard "too much" about physiotherapy procedures while others are totally green watching you suspiciously to see what "magic" therapy you want to give.

Either way it is your responsibility to educate everyone who comes in for physical therapy on what to expect.
Here are 7 myths highlighted by the American Physical Therapy association that need to be "busted".

1. Myth: I need a referral to see a physical therapist.
Fact: A recent survey by the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) revealed 70% of people think a referral or prescription is required for evaluation by a physical therapist. However, a physician’s referral is not required in order to be evaluated by a physical therapist. Some states have restrictions about the treatment a physical therapist can provide without a physician referral.
2. Myth: Physical therapy is painful.
Fact: Physical th…

Interested in the Canadian Physiotherapy Clinical Specialty Program?

A clinical specialist in physiotherapy practices at an advanced level in a particular area of specialty.

The CPA Clinical Specialty program certifies physiotherapists who have focused their careers and can demonstrate advanced clinical competence, leadership, continuing professional development, and involvement in research in a specific area of practice.
This self-directed program consists of a written portfolio submission and an oral presentation that is assessed by a panel of peers. The components of the program allow candidates to demonstrate their professional competencies and development as a clinical specialist.
The program is targeted to candidates who have a minimum of five years of full-time applied clinical experience and a minimum of 300 clinical contact hours per year for the past five years in the clinical specialty area.
In this self-directed program you have the advantage of
setting your own pace of involvement in the specialization process.

The 4 Program requirements:

How to register to work as a physiotherapist in Ireland

As at 30th September 2016 CORU currently regulates physiotherapy as part of 15 health professions.

The Physiotherapists Registration Board at CORU has statutory responsibility for the:

Establishing and maintaining a Register of members of the professionAssessing, approving and monitoring training courses for the health and social care professions under the ActEstablishing the code of professional conduct and ethics and standards of performance to which Physiotherapists must adhere

Physiotherapists with International Qualifications Registration procedure:

If your qualification is gained outside the Republic of Ireland a letter of Recognition/Accreditation must be provided by CORU.

New entrants with international qualifications must also first have their qualification recognised by CORU before they are eligible to apply for registration.

1. Apply for recognition of international qualification

The process usually takes about 4months and costs €410.

If you have already had your professional …

Need Help from a recruiting agency to work as a Physiotherapist in the UK?

If you're thinking of working as a physiotherapist in the UK and don't know how to start the HCPC process, this information may be helpful to you.

Many recruiting agencies based in the UK don't seem to focus on foreign trained physiotherapists, so that can also make job searching complicated for some.

I found this human resource consultants, Fish Consultores, who are health staff recruiters with links in the UK. They are based in Portugal, though, which can be an advantage to you if you are a physical therapist in the EU.
If you do not live or work in the EU, however, that doesn't stop you from giving them a try.

They say they have a set of protocols and partnerships with employers and British institutions and already have several cases of success in placing professionals in the English labor market.

If you are interested you can send them your CV at

Or check their website

Award-winning WCPT Congress arrives in Cape Town

The World Confederation for Physical Therapy (WCPT) brings its biennial congress to the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 2nd to 4th of July.

The award-winning congress is taking place in Africa for the first time and will welcome more than 2,000 physical therapists from 100 countries to Cape Town.

The South African Society of Physiotherapy (SASP) is hosting the event and guarantees a warm and friendly welcome to all, supported by nearly 200 volunteers, principally physiotherapy students from Western Cape universities and SASP members. The Physiotherapy Department at the University of Stellenbosch is also hosting the pre- and post-congress courses.

A WCPT Congress is where the world of physical therapy meets to share the latest research and practice advances, to debate hot topics and professional issues, to network and to learn from experiences across diverse settings around the world.

Alongside the scientific and educational programme a lively exhibition hall in…

Why are physical therapists not appropriately recognized in Healthcare?

It is still very shocking to see that physiotherapists are still not appropriately recognized for the role they play in the healthcare sector.

Someone should please wake me up! Who talks about back pain without a mention of physiotherapy? How long will physical therapists continue to fight for recognition and relevance when their roles are clearly defined?

Heidi Jannenga, cofounder of WebPT, shares her experience at the 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibition which took place in Orlando, Florida. Here is an excerpt:

"it was extremely disappointing—more like maddening, actually—to sit through an entire presentation on low back pain without hearing a single mention of physical therapy. 

This discussion specifically delved into the role interoperability plays in ensuring patients achieve optimal outcomes. Sure, several speakers from hospitals and other large health organizations talked about using some of the sameoutcome measurem…

Temporary Travel Jobs for Physiotherapists

If you are looking for locum, temporary or travel jobs as a health professional, that may not be a bad idea.

Physiotherapists looking for travel jobs in the US can look at an average pay of between $42- $47 per hour. Job durations can range from 4 - 13 weeks or more or less, depending on the employer.

Med Travelers is the industry leader in allied travel healthcare staffing, matching qualified allied clinicians and healthcare professionals with thousands of temporary, travel and local assignments, as well as permanent allied career opportunities, all throughout the United States.

Check for travel jobs

Changes in Australian Citizenship Requirements

Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 has been introduced to Parliament, but has not yet passed and may be subject to further amendments before it comes into effect.

The Bill indicates following changes will be effective for any applications for citizenship lodged on or after 20 April 2017:

General Residence Requirement

The new general residence requirement for citizenship by conferral has been set out in the Bill and is as follows:

You must in general have been present in Australia for a period of 4 years as a permanent resident (this is referred to as the "Residency Period")

You must not have been unlawful at any stage during the 4 yearsIf you depart Australia during the 4 years

the total period spent outside Australia must be less than 365 days, and you must maintain your permanent residence during this time

This is in line with expectations based on the announcement of 20 April …

Making Physical Activity a Pediatric Vital Sign

Massachusetts Sports Medicine Physician Awarded 2017 ACSM-AMSSM Clinical Research Grant

Press Release:

Andrea Stracciolini, M.D., FACSM, is the 2017 recipient of the American College of Sports Medicine-American Medical Society for Sports Medicine Foundation Clinical Research Grant for her research titled, “The Pediatric Physical Activity Vital Sign: Screening Children for Exercise Deficit Disorder.”

In its fifth year, this collaborative project between ACSM and AMSSM funds a single research award of $20,000.

“Receiving this award from esteemed members of ACSM and AMSSM highlights the national recognition of the dire need to focus health care on prevention of disease— in this case, childhood physical inactivity and the associated adverse health consequences,” said Dr. Stracciolini. “Exercise Deficit Disorder (EDD) is a condition characterized by reduced levels of regular physical activity in children resulting in undeveloped physical literacy. Funding for this study will support the de…

PT Live Online Review Course

The live NPTE Mastermind Online Review Course is an innovative and fun review course helping Physical Therapists pass the board exam to practice in the US.

Founded by Will Crane DPT, PT Final Exam has become a one-stop-shop for your exam preparation.

Included in the course are:

1 FREE practice examination8-week INTENSE study courseOver 25 Webinars reviewing key NPTE materialCovers the ENTIRE content outline of the NPTEAccess to recordings of the study sessionsIN DEPTH discussions and study guidesCOMPREHENSIVE and MENTORED reviewCOACHING available via email, phone, or skype as neededDETAILED discussion of sample test questionsAccess to recorded study sessions 24/7On-demand video library of a multitude of PT topicsSearchable database of relevant student questionsWeekly assignments guide you through the entire FSBPT content outline

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New Changes to Australia Citizenship Requirements

The Australian government has made some changes to the requirements needed to become an Australian citizen. The requirements will apply to applications made after April 20, 2017.

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. This includes:
Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship testStrengthening the Australian Values Statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian communityStrengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test q…

Australia 457 Visa to be abolished

On 18 April 2017, the Australian Government announced that the Temporary Work (Skilled) visa (subclass 457 visa) will be abolished and replaced with the completely new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa in March 2018.

The TSS visa programme will be comprised of a Short-Term stream of up to two years and a Medium-Term stream of up to four years and will support businesses in addressing genuine skill shortages in their workforce and will contain a number of safeguards which prioritise Australian workers.

Joint media release with the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister - Putting Australian workers first

The Turnbull Government will safeguard Australian jobs by abolishing the Subclass 457 Visa for foreign workers and creating a new temporary visa restricted to critical skills shortages.

This will ensure Australian workers are given the absolute first priority for jobs, while businesses will be able to temporarily access the critical skills they need to grow if skilled Australians worke…

Want to Migrate to Australia as Physiotherapist? Read this first.

If you are a physiotherapist interested in migrating to Australia, reading this first will be highly beneficial to you.

Yes physiotherapy is on the Australia immigration skilled occupation list, but my observation is that there are still very few going through their skill select process.

The Australian skill select process (where Canada got the inspiration for Express entry) is supposed to be a stress free process. It's simply a DIY (do it yourself) kind of thing; fill in your information, upload your English scores and you skills assessment and submit your application for immigration.

Twice every month there are selection rounds and successful applicants are invited to apply for a skilled migration visa.

But this is not actually the case for physiotherapists because you need a skills assessment.

Here are the requirements for applying for a skills assessment:

·         A qualification that is included in theApproved Programs of Study list

·         A Certificate of Substantial Equ…

Graduate Certificate in Clinical Physiotherapy

Here is a brief summary of the Graduate Certificate course in Clinical Physiotherapy, Curtin University in Australia. This should be great for foreign trained physiotherapists who want to either major in Women's health or Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

I also think this should give you a comprehensive orientation of how the Australian health care system works and how to work as a physiotherapist in Australia.

This is a 6Month full time course (Part time also available) where you can choose to either major in "Continence and Women’s health" or Musculoskeletal physiotherapy.

Continence and Women's Health
This major will provide you with the opportunity to become an expert clinician in women's health physiotherapy and its related areas of practice. In this major you will develop clinical skills in the assessment and management of conditions which are unique, common or serious to women, or require special interventions in women.
You will develop particular expertise …

Where to Prepare for the Canadian Physiotherapy Competency Exam

If you are interested in practicing physiotherapy in Canada, then I'm glad to tell you Canada needs you. However, before you can work as a physiotherapist in Canada you need to go through a licensing process that involves credentialing and taking written and practical exams.

I have written a previous post on how to prepare for the PCE here. This post gives you information on where you can get hands on guidance and preparation for the exams.

PCE Exam Prep Alberta  have designed a Practical exam course which prepares foreign trained physios for the clinical component of the Canadian licensing exam

The Practical exam course is divided into 4 different modules:





​Each module is covered in 2-3 classes based on the students needs. 
Every week students are given topics to read and the exam instructors go through an initial classroom session and hands on practical session. Participants are taught the various assesment strategies used in Canadia…

How to Use Foam Rollers Effectively and Safely

If you are looking to using foam rollers to relieve neck pain, there are some precautions to observe in order to do it effectively and in a safe way. Outlined below are some of the most helpful tips that you should bear in mind before giving foam rolling a try:
1. Use Foam Rollers on Muscles Alone
The first important aspect to keep in mind is that foam rollers are only used on muscles. It is not advisable to use them on body joints or bones. More so, you should avoid using them horizontally on your neck or directly over the spine. This is because you are likely going to cause more complications to your neck or spine if they are utilized inappropriately. Instead, you should use foam rollers vertically on your neck. Again, they should be rolling out from either side of the spine.
2. How to Roll a Foam Roller
It is highly recommended that you roll it slowly until you locate a tender spot joint. Once you find it, you should then apply pressure gently to the spot until the pain eases comple…

Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home

"Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home" software is based on the book "Handling the Young Child with Cerebral Palsy at Home" by Nancie Finnie.

 This software is for therapists, teachers, doctors and nurses to provide handouts with practical suggestions for parents and carers regarding the handling of their child during routine activities.

It includes advice about activities, lifting, handling, aids to mobility, equipment, feeding, fine motor skills, dressing, sleeping and communication plus educational information.

Fundamental to the successful treatment of children with cerebral palsy is the cooperation of the parents in home handling. The age group covered is from infancy up to 5 years – a time when a child is handled and taught mainly by the parents.

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Universities in Canada You Can Get a Masters Degree in Physiotherapy

If you are thinking of a getting a degree that will still be relevant in the next few decades, then you should look at physiotherapy. If you are passionate about wiping away tears from the eyes of people, compassionate and patient then becoming a physical therapist may just be for you.

What is Physiotherapy?
Physiotherapy is focused on helping people regain, maintain and improve mobility and functional independence. This involves the treatment of pain, strengthening weak muscles and improving joint mobility. In other words the overall wellbeing of the patient in the priority of the physiotherapist.
(I will work on a post that compiles universities that offer a B.Sc in Physiotherapy)

Where to Study Physiotherapy
Canada is one nice country to study physiotherapy as there is a great demand for physios and the Canadian system favours Canadian trained therapists.
Having a Masters degree can also be an added advantage who want to get better jobs.

Universities in Canada Where you can Get a Phy…

Shockwave Therapy as a Physiotherapy Treatment

Shockwave therapy (also known a ESWT : Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy) is used in various medical disciplines including orthopaedics, physiotherapy, urology, sports medicine and veterinary medicine. The use of this therapy for musculoskeletal disorders has been on for over a decade. The success rate of this therapy, according to research, ranges from 65% - 95%.

A shockwave is an acoustic wave which carries high energy to the tissues resulting in accelerated tissue repair and cell growth with minimal scar tissue production.
Shockwaves are high intensity, high frequency, short duration bursts of energy waves that are faster than sound.

The Shockwave Device
The fixed part of the device generates shock waves which are then transmitted by the system’s probe.
The generated waves are introduced into the body through the system’s probe and cover the area to be treated. Mechanical vibrations from the probe produce kinetic energy which is then converted into acoustic energy transmitted to the…

How to Work as a Physiotherapist in Norway

Norway seems to be one interesting European country to study, work and live so practising physiotherapy should also be attractive (well that depends on your preferences).

Even though you'll find quite a number of Norwegians speaking English, it is advisable to pass a proficiency test before applying for authorization.

Here are the steps you need to take to be a registered physiotherapist in Norway:

1. Pass a proficiency test.
You are required to pass a Norwegian language test at level B2 (Common European Framework of Reference of languages, CEFR).  Both the oral and the written exam must be passed.

2. Apply for authorisation with the required documents to have your education considered equivalent to the corresponding Norwegian education.

The form for applying for authorisation and licence as a physiotherapist/health personnel in Norway may be found in the Norwegian form portal Altinn.

All documents required for the application for authorization should be scanned coloured copies of …